9th Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav concludes

Bhubaneswar: The ninth edition of the five-day Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav, an annual festival of Indian classical and Odisha folk dance, concluded at the foothills of the historic Dhauli here on Friday night. City based Odisha Dance Academy (ODA) hosted the event with support from State Tourism and Culture Department.

The concluding evening showcased the sterling “Buddha Upakhana” by the artists under the choreography of Guru Durga Charan Ranbir who gave a stunning performance on the life history of Goutam Buddha depicting sequences from his childhood to sanyasi.

“The Mohatsav spread a peace message among the audience. We have made our strong efforts to create peace and harmony among people through dance and music”, said Aruna Mohanty, organiser of the event.

The second performance was marked by the artists from Maa Anlei Paika Akhada Academy and Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya who presented the martial excellence of Paika through “Paika Dance” choreographed by Padmashree Ileana Citarist.

It was followed by dancers from Laudi Research Centre, Bhadrak who performed scintillating “Laudi Dance” that mesmerised the audience present at the evening.  The last and the closing programme of the evening was a lyrical play (Geetinatya) “Kanchi Kaveri Kahani” by various artists.

The festival received footfall of a large number of visitors from the city including scores of students from several city-based colleges and a number of foreign tourists.